A tripod doesn’t have to be cumbersome and expensive to be useful – even a pocket-sized version will take your photography up a notch. Not only does a tripod help to shoot pin-sharp images and stable video, giving them a much more professional look, but it will also allow you to experiment with long exposures, time-lapse and low light photography (and, of course, selfies). However, if you search for ‘tripod’ on Amazon, it throws up more than 10,000 similar-looking products with names like GX600B200. To save you from doing so, we have trawled through hundreds of listings and reviews, tested dozens of tripods with camera gear that stretched their capacity, and whittled them down to ten incredibly useful and good value products for amateur photographers. Here’s a quick guide to the basics: Load capacity This is the advised maximum weight of your camera gear for optimal stability (but many tripods can cope with heavier loads). For small compact and action cameras the tripod often only needs to be able to support between 100g and 400g. Mirrorless system cameras and bridge cameras usually weigh between 500g and 1kg. A small DSLRs with a standard lens weighs roughly between 1kg and 1.5kg,… Read full this story
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